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    Fuel prices

    "The price of fuel in the EU, including the cost price, excise duty and VAT. Prices are in Euros per litre."

    (EEA, http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/fuel-prices-and-taxes, 2014-12-17)

    Nationally designated areas

    Areas designated under national legislation for the purpose of nature protection including sites such as national parks and nature reserves.

    Ecolabel licenses

    This indicator is defined as the number of Ecolabel or "EU Flower" licences in European countries. The Community Ecolabel is awarded to products and services with reduced environmental impacts. It is administered by the European Commission and receives the support of all EU Member States and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Ecolabel criteria are discussed in the European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB) whose membership includes representatives from industry, environmental protection groups, consumer organisations and representatives for SMEs.

    EU imports from least-developed countries by group of products

    The value at market prices of EU imports from least-developed countries, broken down by group of products (agricultural products, raw materials, energy products and manufactured goods).

    (Eurostat, http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_SDDS/en/tsdgp230_esmsip.htm, 2014-12-10)

    Self reported unmet need for medical examination or treatment, by income quintile   

    "This indicator is defined as the share of the population reporting that at least once in the previous 12 months they could not afford medical examination or treatment." The potential answers are problems of access (could not afford to, waiting list, too far to travel) or other (could not take time, fear, wanted to wait and see, didn't know any good doctor or specialist, other).

    Retrieved on 12.08.2014 from
    (http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-datasets/-/tsdph270)

    Total R&D expenditure

    Gross domestic expenditure on research and experimental development as a percentage of GDP. This includes spending on creative work that is undertaken on a systematic basis which aims to increase the stock of knowledge, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.

    Turnover from innovation

    This indicator is defined as the ratio of turnover from products new to the enterprise and new to the market as a % of total turnover. It is based on the Community innovation survey and covers at least all enterprises with 10 or more employees.

    Retrieved from, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-datasets/-/tsdec340, January 15, 2015

    Volunteering and Intergenerational Solidarity

    Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served

    Level of citizens' confidence in EU institutions

    The level of citizens confidence in EU institutions (Council of the European Union, European Parliament and European Commission) is expressed as the share of positive opinions (people who declare that they tend to trust) about the institutions.

    Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

    "the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption."

    Retrieved from, http://www.transparency.org/cpi2014/in_detail, 12.12.2014

    Group Membership

    The extent to which people participate in formal and informal groups in society is an important dimension of social cohesion (OECD, 2005, p. 84))
    http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/social-issues-migra...
    (Retrieved: 26 January 2015)

    Quality of education system

    The mean value of the people per country [...] when asked 'How would you rate the quality of the education system in your country?'.

    Eurofound, http://eurofound.europa.eu/surveys/data-visualisation/european-quality-o..., retrieved on 13.01.2015

    Quality of social housing services

    Average value of the answer to the question 'How would you rate the quality of social housing services in your country?', with 10 being the highest quality.

    How would you rate the quality of health services?

    This indicator is based on a question surveying the quality of the national health care system. Respondents choose on scale of one to ten, with 10 being of very high quality and 1 being of very low quality. The other two non-numerical options are "don't know" and "refusal."

    Trust in justice

    The indicator measures the percentage of people who "tend to trust" the justice system.

    Retrieved from, http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/cf/showchart_column.cfm?keyID=2196&na..., 12.12.14

    Water productivity (GDP/Water Footprint)

    "The indicator illustrates the amount of economic value generated by unit of water consumption. It is calculated as GDP (in Purchasing Power Standards /PPS) divided by the Water Footprint (WF) of a country."

    Retrieved from, http://database.eco-innovation.eu/indicators/view/280/1, 31.03.2015

    Quality of national health service

    Participants were asked to grade the quality of health services in their country on a scale of 1 to 10, with "10" ranked best and "1" ranked worst. Other answers included refusal to answer or do not know.

    EQLS, 2012
    (http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201...)

    Quality of public transport

    Average scores by country from responses to a question on the European Quality of Life Survey which asks respondents to rate the quality of public services in their country on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 means very poor quality and 10 means very high quality.

    Freedom in the World

    Freedom in the World is the standard-setting comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. Published annually since 1972, the survey ratings and narrative reports on 195 countries and 14 related and disputed territories are used by policymakers, the media, international corporations, civic activists, and human rights defenders to monitor trends in democracy and track improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide. The Freedom in the World data and reports are available in their entirety on the Freedom House website

    Net social protection as a percentage of GDP

    "Net social protection benefits are defined as the value of social protection benefits excluding taxes and social contributions paid by the benefits recipients. They are complemented by the value of “Fiscal benefits” provided in the form of tax breaks that would be defined as social protection benefits, if they were provided in cash. Tax breaks promoting the provision of social protection or promoting private insurance plans are excluded.

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